Whether you’re a casual tweeter or someone who documents every hour of the day on Facebook, managing your social networks can be a time-consuming process. This is especially true when it comes to sites like Twitter, where the primary goal is to amass as many quality followers as you can in order to expand your network and influence.
iOS App Lists has compiled a list of 5 essential iPhone apps that will help you take charge of your social networks and get the most out of them. From scheduling posts to managing followers and finding similar users who share the same interests, these tools are perfect for personal and business use alike.
If you’ve ever researched social networking tools, you’ve no doubt come across Hootsuite. This incredibly popular platform allows you to quickly and easily manage your social network profiles, schedule posts, and do much more.
The iOS version of the service offers just as much is the desktop platform, but in my opinion it’s much easier to use and navigate. I also want to mention that Hootsuite is totally free to use for up to three social network accounts, meaning it’s great for much more than just Twitter. If you’re serious about Twitter, you can even upgrade to the Pro version for a very reasonable $15 per month.
We used Hootsuite for iOS App Lists in the past and had nothing but great experiences with service, so casual Twitter users and professionals alike will definitely get a lot out of the iOS app.
For many Twitter users, the social network is a bit of a numbers game. After all, what’s the point of posting tweets if you don’t have enough followers to read them?
Birdbrain is a very simple iPhone app that makes it incredibly easy to see who has followed you, unfollowed you, favorited tweets, and much more.
One thing you have to keep in mind is that Birdbrain only updates when you open it, meaning it only shows changes that have been made since the last time it was synced with your account. However, the app is so easy to use that it will quickly become a part of your daily social network routine.
Just like Hootsuite, Buffer is a social networking tool that is definitely familiar. The main goal of the service is to help users stagger their social network posts so that they are not all published at once and there’s a greater chance of followers seeing them.
The best part about the Buffer iOS app is that it’s completely free, universally compatible with iPhone and iPad, and it makes it incredibly easy to manager queue on the go. Buffer is perfect for users who want to share pretty much everything they see with the rest of the world because it keeps them from overloading timelines.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Buffer service not only supports Twitter, but also Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
Xpire is a different Twitter tool, primarily because it focuses on making sure your content survives on the Internet for a limited amount of time. As you can probably imagine, this is definitely a tool that many users wished they knew about long before they posted a tweet or status update.
The nice part about Xpire is that it offers much more than just a simple self-destruct service for your social network accounts. You can check out the brand-new Storyline feature, manager followers, and even selectively delete old tweets and posts.
Like most of the apps featured in this list, Xpire supports multiple social networks including Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. I don’t recommend the app for serious Twitter follower/unfollower management, but it definitely comes in handy if you need to post time sensitive tweets for yourself or your business.
The fifth and final app on our list is yet another mobile version of a popular online service. Crowdfire’s primary goal is to help you manage your followers and those you are following with as little effort as possible. It’s a fantastic Twitter maintenance service that helps keep your account clean and spiffy.
Similar to Hootsuite, I found that the mobile version of Crowdfire is a bit easier to use and slightly more intuitive than the desktop version. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the only mobile app that not only tracks Twitter statistics, but also allows you to manage your Instagram account.
Crowdfire is ideal for power users who are focused on account growth. It combines a nice variety of features mentioned above, as well as many extras that are unique to the service.